October 22-25 | LIVE Virtual Performances

Austin Shakespeare and the City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division will bring the magical comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream to online audiences live on four evenings October 22 - 25. 

A favorite for Austin audiences, this popular play with costumes designed by Aaron Kubacak, was originally slated to appear on the Zilker Hillside Stage as part of the company's annual Shakespeare in the Park production.

While fans of the series still won't be able to experience the production live at the park Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella explained in a recent release that the organization is thrilled to bring Shakespeare's perfect comedy of lovers, fairies, and zany comics with virtual backgrounds by Lowell Bartholomee, including live music and dance. Kubacak's costumes embrace Midsummer's whimicality, botanical elements, and fantastical fairies with headdresses that light up. 

The cast includes Helyn Rain Messenger as Helena, Corinna Browning as Hermia, Ethan Santo as Lysander, and Matthew Wagner as Demetrius. The mischievous Puck will be played by Toby Minor; the glorious Queen of the Fairies by Gwendolyn Kelso, the legendary Theseus by Peter Young, Snug and The Lion’s parts by Bennie Braswell and Flute/Thisby by Max Green. New to the company are Ian Gould, who will be online from New York City where he played the hilarious Bottom for the NY Classical Theatre; Oktavea Williams, who will portray Hippolyta and the fairy Mustardseed; and Sam Mandelbaum, who will appear as the fantastical King of the Fairies.  Also new to Austin Shakespeare are Joe Kelley as the “rude mechanical” Starveling; Lisa Young as the Fairy Peaseblossom; Michelle Jackson in an innovative take on Egeus; Eliza Renner as Quince, the workman/director for the bizarre play within the play.

Ticket Information

October 22-25, 2020

$10 for adults | $5 for students under 12-years

Tickets are valid for any performance. The link will be emailed prior to the first performance.


Costume Designs:

Above: Renderings of Aaron Kubacak's costumes for Puck and Titania

Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: $10.00

Presenter Details

  • Name: Austin Shakespeare
  • “The Bard is only the beginning.”  Audiences travel many roads with this professional company for surprising and entertaining theater productions featuring heightened language these days on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube and live at The Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre in the fall and spring, as well as Free Summer Shakespeare in Zilker Park and Young Shakespeare at the Curtain Theatre replica. Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare stages performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking and eminently accessible — connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. 

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